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What a man, what an actor, what a war hero. When I think of the quintessential decent American I picture James Stewart. This excellent biography confirms my vision to be right.
This book takes us from his fairly privileged childhood to his last years. Throughout his long life he never appears to have done a mean deed and this in spite of earning his living in the dog eats dog world of Hollywood.
The background to the movie production and financing is detailed and fascinating with lots of " gossip" about his co stars and of course his many leading ladies.
The chapters on his war years when he served in the heat of battle with distinction are impressive. Not for him a cosy home based service like so many celebrities, but up close action as he flew bomber mission after bomber mission into the heart of Germany and often with his plane shot up badly brought his crew home safely. His experiences of battle changed him as a man and an actor with more mature, darker performances once he was again accepted into the industry. Hard to believe that after his exceptional service and courage the Hollywood moguls thought he may be over the hill and he had to push hard to get back in.
Having got back in he starred in some of the best all time movies and entertained for another 40 years.
Weather a fan of Jimmy Stewart or not this is a worthwhile read reflecting the history of US cinema and the life of a great man.
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on 14 January 2013
Another book which has gone down well with husband, who loves anything about the old hollywood stars, from the days when acting and actor/actresses were ate the top of their craft.
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on 9 January 2014
BOUGHT FOR MY SON AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT AND HE WAS VERY PLEASED WITH IT.WOULD RECOMMEND AND WOULD BUY FROM THIS SELLER AGAIN.ARRIVED ON TIME AT THE VERY BUSY TIME OF CHRISTMAS.
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on 5 September 2016
Great book Great actor?
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on 23 November 2013
I haven't given it top marks as it takes ages to get to the most interesting aspects of his life,his career in movies
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on 24 September 2016
Good
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